Transportation enhancement grant to benefit downtown arena

Transportation enhancement grant to benefit downtown arena

This downtown arena concept drawing illustrates what developers hope to achieve by transforming the corner at 3rd and Main Streets, thereby creating a safer and more efficient area for motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists.

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Posted on August 7, 2009 at 2:28 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 15 at 3:52 PM

Louisville, KY (August 7, 2009) - Governor Steve Beshear today announced that Metro Louisville has received $3,000,000 in a Transportation Enhancement Grant for the betterment of Second Street between Main and River Road in Louisville.

The grant, which leverages $2,400,000 in money from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and $600,000 in matching funds from Louisville Metro will enhance the historic architectural features, the streetscapes and lighting near the Louisville downtown arena project.

"This will help create significant pedestrian areas in the heart of an emerging center of economic and tourist activity," said Gov. Beshear.

Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson applied for the grant through the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet in March, 2009, asking for money to reinvent an existing segment of transportation infrastructure to be transformed to "an area that during arena events is a place for festival and celebration and on the workday is a more effective route to channel commuters in automobiles, pedestrians and cyclists to the key arterials out of downtown."

The project includes improvements to traffic intersections, sidewalks, accessibility/mobility, landscaping, lighting, architectural enhancement, utilities and creations for a public gathering space.

Goals of the Grant include:

Mass plantings and large trees to provide comfortable street environments. v Wide sidewalks to accommodate the large flow of people traveling from the Riverfront to the arena and provide enough space for street vendors and other activities.

To further improve the pedestrian environment, a system of under-bridge lighting is proposed.

Lighting will showcase the historic architecture of the bridge and add drama and interest to Second Street.

Additional spotlights and accent lighting will accentuate the Second Street corridor and make it an attractive and vibrant public space.

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